Stan Lee: December 28, 1922 to November 12, 2018

One person can have a tremendous impact on society.

While Spider-Man 3 wasn’t the best Marvel movie ever, it did have one of the better Stan Lee Cameos.

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics’ Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95.


Happy Halloween

I was going to feature a version of the “Halloween” theme from the new Halloween movie, but while it works as part of a movie, it doesn’t (quite) stand on its own for a musical interlude.

John Carpenter didn’t direct this film, but he did create the soundtrack, including 2 versions of the famous “Halloween Theme.” This song is “Halloween Triumphant” and though I can’t be 100 percent certain, my guess is that it plays as the closing credits roll. I haven’t seen the new Halloween movie, so I can’t tell you whether it is worth it or not. That probably depends on your view of Horror Movies in general. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie, battling Michael Myers.

So for a more full-fledged song, this is “Bloodletting” by Concrete Blonde. (Also known as “The Vampire Song.”) It was part of the 1990 album by the same name, but this is 2010 remastered version.

Some movies, aside from the Halloween series, that are appropriate for the day. Blade (more superhero than vampire movie), John Carpenter’s Vampires (probably the best Vampire Movie ever), The Lost Boys (2nd Best Vampire Movie, and maybe the best Horror/Comedy).

Practical Magic

Practical Magic is still one of my favorite movies. It was released on October 16, 1998. (One of the best roles for Goran Visnjic ever.) Just in time for Halloween.

Here is the trailer, which doesn’t contain any real spoilers. I can recommend the movie. (Here’s a link to the trailer, in case YouTube decides to freak about about privacy extensions in browsers.)

Highlander: The Series

So against my better judgement I re-upped my Amazon Prime membership. (It was cheaper – month-to-month than the shipping on an order I needed AND they are now reserving some items for prime members only. Can you spell Racket?)

So while I’m a member I was browsing through some Prime video and ran across a show I liked back in the day – Highlander. (Adrian Paul was beautiful in his own way and Alexandra Vandernoot was drop-dead-gorgeous. She probably still is.)

I don’t know if it’s aged well. I haven’t seen much of it yet. But there are 2 things I loved – because they were ridiculous. The SWAT guys always came across as idiots. The beat cops were all motorcycle cops – complete with helmets and boots. There were a few detectives, but there were a lot of motorcycle helmets. It was produced in Canada, so maybe that’s how they saw us at the time. (It took place in the mythical city of Seacouver, Washington, which was really Vancouver.)

I’ve seen several other people reference Babylon 5. I loved that series when it came out, even though they didn’t really have the budget they needed. (Star Trek: The Next Generation was sucking all the oxygen out of the SciFi atmosphere.) It must be the time to revisit old programs.

So Marvel/Disney FINALLY Greenlights a Woman Superhero Movie

My guess is that they will screw it up in someway, like they’ve screwed with every other female superhero. (Does anyone remember the move Elektra?) So why did they pick one that most people haven’t heard of?

Captain Marvel isn’t the most well-known superhero. But then they did make Ant-Man into a movie. I suppose we have the success of Wonder Woman to thank for this, though I hope they give us a Black Widow movie. (Since most people know that character thanks to The Avengers and Scarlett Johansson.)

Whatever it is that convinced Disney to step all over their Princess-induced ban on women heroes, they released the 1st full trailer for Captain Marvel.

You don’t think there was a Princess-induced ban? See Christopher Bell’s TED Talk on this subject after the break. (Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel are a good start, but I’m not sure this points to a change going forward.)

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Bring Da Ruckus

Mention of RZA (on Saturday) of course brings up The Wu-Tang Clan. The best use of a Wu-Tang Clan song in a TV show, is the Crispus Attucks fight scene in the first season of Luke Cage. (I’m actually not aware of other uses of the Wu Tang Clan in TV, but there could be.)

This is that scene (season 1, episode 3) from Luke Cage, featuring “Bring Da Ruckus” from the 1993 album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Even if you don’t like The Wu Tang Clan, you should like the video.

Most (not all) of the Marvel shows done for Netflix have been first rate. I may have to reconsider my membership when a few more of the new seasons are out. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Matt Murdock – also known as Daredevil or “The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen” – with an honorable mention to Danny Rand – The Iron Fist – are pretty good individually, and The Defenders was also good. (They had their problems.) Actually I didn’t care for The Iron Fist. (They cast Finn Jones based only on the fact that his character was killed off in Game of Thrones, and it didn’t work.)